The international thriller that Patricia Cornwell says is “bristling with suspense” about an American abroad who finds herself in complex web of intrigue.
Can We Ever Escape Our Secrets?
Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage . . . and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew.
She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done—playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry. Meanwhile, her husband works incessantly, at a job Kate has never understood, for a banking client she’s not allowed to know. He’s becoming distant and evasive; she’s getting lonely and bored.
Then another American couple arrives. Kate soon becomes suspicious that these people are not who they say they are, and she’s terrified that her own past is catching up to her. So Kate begins to dig, to peel back the layers of deception that surround her. She discovers fake offices and shell corporations and a hidden gun, a mysterious farmhouse and numbered accounts with bewildering sums of money, and finally unravels the mind-boggling long-play con that threatens her family, her marriage, and her life.
Stylish and sophisticated, fiercely intelligent and expertly crafted, The Expats proves Chris Pavone to be a writer of tremendous talent.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Chris Pavone kicks off his fun, modern spy thriller series by introducing us to his heroine: undercover CIA agent turned stay-at-home mom Kate Moore. When her husband, Dexter, lands a high-paying bank security gig in Luxembourg, Kate’s excited to leave behind her dangerous old life, and wants to fit in with the other American moms whose families have settled in Europe. But her comparatively dull daily routine makes Kate wonder what secrets her new friends are hiding—and just what does her husband do at work all day? Actress Mozhan Marnò (The Blacklist) is a lively narrator who gives all the character voices depth and nuance while expertly navigating the sudden twists in this tense thriller that turns marriage into a dangerous game.
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Good story, would help to know French
The story is good, the narrator is excellent. There are many sentences and conversations in French with no translation. Still, you can follow the plot fairly well. I enjoyed listening to it.
What a Page Turner !!!
I started to listen to lots of best sellers in audio books these days and this is the 1st review I've ever written. The book and the narrator are so good that I'm compelled to write this review. The narrator communicates this sense of coolness and calmness in revealing the layers of intrigue that is so befitting of the character. She has none of the theatrical pretentiousness that is common in many of the audio book narrators these days.